Kitchen cabinets are the focal point of any kitchen design. Discover innovative cabinetry to fit your individual style and space.
Think about having custom-made furniture built. A bespoke kitchen is made to fit your home, your style and the way you like to cook, relax and entertain. While made-to-measure isn't a budget option, it will certainly add to the value of your home and last a very long time. If you are after a contemporary look, opt for handleless units and fully integrated appliances. Keep the feel practical, cool and relaxed by paying attention to symmetry and simplicity of design. Inject rustic style into your kitchen with painted wooden cabinetry. In a traditional space, use painted wood to co-ordinate kitchen cabinets with walls and architectural features. If you prefer modern kitchen, choose hi-gloss cabinetry for a sleek appearance, while stainless steel will give your kitchen a professional aesthetic. If you have an awkward shape, think about a few cleverly designed units. Alternatively, freestanding cabinetry is a great option as it can be moved around, in or out to alter the layout.
Contemporary kitchen with dark wooden units and marble worktops
The rich grain of the marble flooring and worktops echo the wooden cabinetry in this deceptively simple kitchen, adding depth and interest to the scheme. Pairing the units with white walls draws attention to the deep chocolate-brown colour and texture of the wood, while keeping the look crisp and fresh. Bright green apples and freshly-cut flowers brighten the scheme with a pop of zingy colour, which is softened by the rustic dining table.
Wood-panelled cabinets to match the ceiling, floor and walls have been painted glossy white for a colonial feel in this spacious kitchen-diner. A sleek black worktop adds an elegant note to the scheme that benefits from plentiful natural light. Keeping to a monochrome palette allows the verdant garden beyond the windows to pop inside the room, while the addition of a single curtain with a theatrical holdback frames the door for a sense of drama.
Depending of the shape and size of your kitchen, consider freeing-up your wall space by opting for a multi-tasking island. Here, generous drawers are big enough to store a multitude of pots and pans, while handle-free cabinetry provides a sleek finish to the contemporary scheme. Stainless steel bar stools echo the silver trim on the island, and the industrial-style extractor fan unifies the look.
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If you are lucky enough to have floor-to-ceiling windows, consider emphasising your cabinets by painting them a slightly darker hue than the rest of your kitchen. The smoky-grey colour of the overhead cabinets in this spacious room helps draw attention to their lofty proportions, while the stone feature wall and range cooker in the centre break up the look for a pleasing sense of symmetry. Smatterings of antique furniture and accessories complement the traditional feel of the scheme.
Roomy double-height cabinets have been painted black for a dramatic effect in this contemporary kitchen. Flanked by shelves of books accessed by a library ladder, the unit is a masterclass in combining form and function. A black dining table and matching stools unify the look, which is softened by creamy panelling on the walls and a unit concealing the sink and cooking area.
A neutral palette of cream and brown allows the wooden cabinets in this kitchen to take centre stage. In a pared-back scheme such as this, wooden louvres provide a smart and elegant solution to ventilation, while the gleaming glass splashback lifts the look with touch of glamour. A large bowl filled with brightly-coloured fruit is a simple-but-effective way to introduce colour to the scheme.
A neutral palette of greys and soft browns draws attention to the sleek cream cabinets in this compact kitchen. By keeping the units as simple as possible the original details of the room, like the ornate cornicing, are also allowed to shine, while the glossy finish adds a touch of glamour to the minimalist scheme.
If you want create a sense of space in your kitchen, consider choosing shelving as a more versatile alternative to bulky overhead cabinets. Here, a wall of shelves adds a quirky touch to this country-style galley kitchen and draws attention to the painted cabinets and range cooker underneath. A black worktop grounds the look, while pretty crockery and silverware add a decorative flourish.
If you are lucky enough to have plenty of space in your kitchen, displaying your glassware and crockery inside a glass-fronted cabinet is an easy way to add interest to the scheme. Here, a wall of pale grey cabinets takes centre stage, echoing the design of the French windows and reflecting the garden beyond. The glassy theme is continued with a collection of Moroccan-inspired pendant lights, finishing the scheme with an exotic flourish.
Clean lines and minimalist finishes are the hallmark of this contemporary kitchen. The sleek cabinets are deep and wide in a bid to conceal kitchen clutter, while the glossy surfaces reflect the architectural features elsewhere in the space. A simple motif in the carpet echoes a similar design on the cooker and extractor fan, adding interest to the fuss-free scheme.